If Daniel Craig’s 007 has been continually evolving throughout the actor’s tenure as Ian Fleming’s shaken-not-stirred agent, then Spectre is primed to offer an introspective look into the super-spy’s dark and eschewed psyche. Set to pick up shortly after the events of Skyfall, Sam Mendes’ anticipated sequel will see our world-famous operative hunt down the titular organization, and unearth secrets about his own past in the process; secrets that are merely teased in this tantalizing second trailer for the upcoming actioner.
Opening in the thick of the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, the footage starts there and never lets up, whisking Bond back to London and off to the streets of Rome for that all-important car chase sequence with Dave Bautista’s Mr. Hinx. Finally, there’s a bigger and better look at Christoph Waltz as lead villain Franz Oberhauser, who looks to be holding all of the keys to unlock the secrets of Bond’s past.
Beyond that, hot on the heels of yesterday’s character profiles, we get to see the Bond Girls in motion for Mendes’ globe-trotting thriller. From Monica Bellucci to Naomie Harris, Stephanie Sigman to the award-winning Léa Seydoux, Spectre is certainly packing a robust line-up of strong female characters, and the fact that Bellucci is trumpeting each of the actresses roles gives us reason to be hopeful, lest they exist as a disposable love interest.
He’s a James Bond who’s looking inside himself. He’s a James Bond who kills but is looking for death. It’s a struggle and because of that he becomes darker but at he same time more mysterious and even sexier.
As production nears completion, Sam Mendes has all but confirmed that he won’t be returning to the James Bond franchise following the release of Spectre later this year. And while the director back-pedalled in the past over MGM and Sony’s spy series, the fact that Sony’s hold of the license expires after Spectre means that both companies may opt for a total refresh on both sides of the camera.
Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci, Naomie Harris, Stephanie Sigman and the award-winning Léa Seydoux round out the cast. To get acquainted – or indeed reacquainted – with the actioner’s leading stars, you can check out the gallery above.
Spectre opens on November 6.
In SPECTRE, a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE. Sam Mendes returns to direct SPECTRE, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 for the fourth time. SPECTRE is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, from a script by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade.